This week in Psychology, we are discussing the theory of cognitive dissonance, which is when two opposing thoughts or facts are known to someone and to take away some of the discomfort of these conflicting things, the mind changes its behavior and attitude. For example, one time in my Biology class last semester, I had decided to study extra hard for the upcoming exam that week. I hadn’t been doing great on the tests so I thought finally studying and taking the time to look over my notes would definitely boost my grade on the next exam. Finally, that Friday came and I felt more prepared than I had been int he past exams in this class. As I took the test, I felt as though I was acing every question and knew every answer on it. I felt confident that I had gotten a good grade on the exam. The next week, our professors handed our tests back to us and to my surprise, I barely passed the test. My grade was higher than my pervious ones, but not by much. I knew that I had studied really hard before the exam and this was a shock to me. As friends and classmates asked what I got on the exam I began to say things like “Yeah, I didn’t study that much though”, or “I didn’t have any time to study so…”, when, in fact, I had studied harder than I had before on any of my previous tests in Biology class. By saying these things to friends and classmates, it eased the discomfort I felt, knowing I had studied hard for the exam and had still made a poor grade. This use of cognitive dissonance was a way for me to cope with my poor grade, knowing I had studied hard. I think in situations, such as mine, it is normal for humans to try and ease the discomfort or conflict inside of them. I do think, however, sometimes it could get out of hand. In politics, for example, it wouldn’t be good if the President sugar-coated serious issues and made excuses to minimize their importance and impact. People in more influential and powerful roles, such as the President should do everything in their power to avoid this way of coping. It can benefit us in minor, small risk situations; but used in the wrong situation or context could lead to catastrophic corruption and misunderstandings.